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How Rap Became The Soundtrack Of The 1%

Gucci Mane on the GQ series, On The Rocks

I’m always struck by how similar the lifestyles of rappers and financiers are. Same cars, same watches, same private jets. True, a financier wouldn’t bust out an Audemars Piguet (fill it with diamonds), but they’re still buying the same watch. Rappers and financiers also increasingly tell the same story — they made it by hard work, they deserve the wealth and screw everyone else. In this peak capitalist era, peak rap is…

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Indrajit Samarajiva is a writer from Sri Lanka, grumpily in Oxford for a while. Sign up for my newsletter at www.indi.ca, and you can reach me at indi@indi.ca.